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English noun: drain

1. drain (act) emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it


Synonymsdrainage


Broader (hypernym)emptying, evacuation, voidance

2. drain (artifact) tube inserted into a body cavity (as during surgery) to remove unwanted material


Broader (hypernym)tube, tubing


Domain categorysurgery

3. drain (artifact) a pipe through which liquid is carried away


Synonymsdrainpipe, waste pipe


Broader (hypernym)pipage, pipe, piping


Narrower (hyponym)cloaca, culvert, scupper, sewer, sewerage, soil pipe, trap

4. drain (act) a gradual depletion of energy or resources


SamplesA drain on resources.
A drain of young talent by emigration.


Broader (hypernym)depletion


Narrower (hyponym)brain drain, drawing, drawing off


English verb: drain

1. drain (motion) flow off gradually


SamplesThe rain water drains into this big vat.


ExamplesThe water drains


Synonymsrun out


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run

2. drain (consumption) deplete of resources


SamplesThe exercise class drains me of energy.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

3. drain (change) empty of liquid; drain the liquid from


SamplesWe drained the oil tank.


ExamplesThey drain the water


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)empty

4. drain (change) make weak


SamplesLife in the camp drained him.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to drain Sue


Synonymsdebilitate, enfeeble


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)weaken


Narrower (hyponym)emaciate, macerate, waste









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